YAKIMA - The Yakima Valley Community College board of trustees has a new appointee. Rosalinda Mendoza, appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee earlier this week, is currently an independent consultant who provides expertise in the areas of strategic planning, program and organizational development, operations, and policy. She previously worked as the chief operating officer for Greater Columbia Basin Properties, LLC. She also worked as the community engagement program manager for the Washington State Farm Workers Housing Trust. Mendoza is a graduate of A.C. Davis High School and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Whitman College. She has been actively involved with numerous community activities and organizations, including the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, a research study on the economic and social well-being of Washington Latinos and as a student mentor and presenter for the College Success Foundation. "My experiences as the daughter of immigrant farm workers in rural Washington exposed me to the challenges many students face in pursuing a higher education and the endless opportunities that come with a college degree," Mendoza said. "Yakima Valley Community College serves as the gateway for students to not only receive an education but also to economically help their families and communities," she added. Mendoza's term of office runs from June 19, 2013 until Sept. 30, 2015.